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The Ottawa History Tour


Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?

    Tuesday through Saturday

  • Duration

    Approximately 3.5 hours

  • Start time

    9:30 a.m.

  • Meeting Point

    In front of Byward Café, 49-51 George Street, Ottawa

  • Ending Point

    Bytown Museum, 1 Canal Ln., Ottawa, ON K1P 5P6, Canada

Key Highlights

  • Smartphone vouchers accepted – no need to print!
  • Retrace Ottawa’s entire history near the nation’s Capitol building!
  • Learn about the country’s early interactions with the Algonquin and Odawa people!
  • Enjoy fascinating artwork on the streets of Ottawa!
  • Cross the river into Quebec and explore the historic Vieux-Hull neighborhoods!
  • Sip on a complimentary beverage along the way!
  • Meet your friendly and informative local guide!


Enrich your Ottawa trip with fascinating and comprehensive history lesson during The Ottawa History Tour!

With you’re The Ottawa History Tour tickets, you’ll gain a greater understanding of events leading up to the formation of Canada as a country. Walk through the nation’s capital as your friendly and informative guide recalls the country’s early interactions with the Odawa and Algonquin people. Then, cross the river into Quebec and discover the historic Vieux-Hull neighborhood in Gatineau. If you could stand to brush up on your knowledge of Canadian history, then taking the Ottawa History Tour is one of the most insightful things to do in Ottawa!

After enjoying a complimentary beverage in a Gatineau café, we’ll cross back over the river into Ottawa! Walk around Parliament Hill in Ottawa and check out some of the city’s amazing street art. You’ll find sculptures, murals, and street art all over the city during your Ottawa trip. Your helpful guide will explain the meaning and importance of each piece during this portion of your Ottawa experience. It’s what to do in Ottawa when you want to further appreciate the city’s significance in Canada’s history!


  • The Ottawa History Tour
  • A 3.5-hour guided history tour of Ottawa
  • Choice of hot or cold drink at a stop along the route
  • Public transit fare during the tour
  • Live guide and commentary


  • Additional food and drinks
  • Souvenirs and personal shopping
  • Gratuities for your guide

Please note

The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details. They’re a nice bunch and will happily answer any logistical questions you may have. Please give them a call at least 24 hours before your organized activity to reconfirm.

No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or a tablet, you can present the voucher on your device for this activity.

So there is no last minute rush, please arrive 15 minutes early.

If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.

There will be a considerable amount of walking.

This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 years can join the tour at the rate listed above. Please select “child” above when booking. Children under the age of 6 years can join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6 years. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.

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